30 Days of Wild Turkey: Day 82 (Wild Turkey 101 – 12 Year “Split Label” (1997))

For the third consecutive year, over the month of November, Flight Club will be bringing you “30 Turkeys in 30 days.” Each day, we will post a review of a different Wild Turkey product. Throughout that journey, we will provide you with background information on the company, the products and the people behind the products, all of which we hope create a better understanding of what Wild Turkey brings to the world of bourbon. A table of contents for each of these posts can be found here.

Chapter 18, Part 4:

We close out Wild Turkey Month 2019 with a dozen limited edition or classic Wild Turkey releases.  Some of these are products that we have tried before, but with a different release year.  Others are products that we have not previously laid hands on.  But without a doubt, each of these Wild Turkey products are an exciting look back at the history of Wild Turkey.

“Split Label” is the third in a series of Wild Turkey 12 Year iterations.  The “series” began in the early 1980’s with “Beyond Duplication,” a bottle we hope to review in the future.  It was replaced with the “Cheesy Gold Foil” label bottle that we previously reviewed.  “Cheesy Gold Foil” was replaced after 1992 with the 1993 “Split Label” that we reviewed last year.  This year we take a look at a 1997 bottling.

Wild Turkey 101 – 12 Year “Split Label” (1997)  (101 Proof)(Sampled by Jamie BaalmannStephen Benson, Jay Cary and Scott Hill)

Nose:  Brown sugar; raspberry cream; dried apricot; polished oak; lemon/lime; chocolate; wet denim. (4/5)

Palate: Dark chocolate; cherry; raspberry; cola from a fountain that is under mixed with syrup; peach; sugar-free maple syrup; sugar daddy. Not chewy but not thin. (4/5)

Finish: Metallic; dry oak; bittersweet chocolate; lime; chalk, caramel; vanilla. (3.5/5)

Overall: Pleasant just not the fragrant potpourri that some of these older Wild Turkey releases are.  This is a very drinkable release.   It has a nice mouthfeel, but it is not unreasonably chewy that it feels unnatural.  Like last year, this is not “Cheesy Gold Foil.”  However, it is a quality pour nonetheless.  (4/5)

Value: We picked this up in the past year-and-a-half for $225.   Overall, we are happy with that purchase.   It is a quality bourbon that stands out from today’s stock, at a reasonable price.  (4/5).

“This is a very drinkable release.”

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